India’s nuclear power is expected to undergo a significant expansion in the coming years in part due to the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Agreement. There was also a positive mention of possible fuel supply to the first two nuclear power reactors at Tarapur. In favour and against there was a large amount of opinions and analyses of nuclear experts about the Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation with the USA. The Indo-Namibian agreement in peaceful uses of nuclear energy allows for supply of uranium and setting up of reactors. On 16 April 2011 and 25 July 2011, India signed nuclear cooperation agreements with Kazakistan and South Korea respectively for peaceful uses of atomic energy and participation in India’s nuclear expansion programme.
April 16, 2021 17:02 UTC
While in Kabul Mr Blinken also called upon other countries in the region, “especially Pakistan” to support Afghanistan after the US departure. The sudden withdrawal would demoralize Afghan government and troops. The Afghan Taliban’s advance had been mostly stemmed by the allied air forces. The government’s security forces may not be able to withstand the Afghan Taliban’s onslaught combined with terrorist attacks. Pakistan needs to hold urgent talks with China, Russia, Turkey and Iran to devise a joint strategy to deal with the crises brewing in Afghanistan.
April 16, 2021 16:52 UTC
As an ambassador for the colonies to Great Britain between 1767 and 1775, he sought constructive relations between the two countries. Franklin obviously believed that resistance by the colonies was a preferable route to capitulation. India’s 900,000-plus troops stationed in Kashmir combined with its control over local law enforcement presents a difficult if not insurmountable challenge to those willing to resist the foreign occupation. The genocide at Srebrenica brought home the unspeakable savagery of that war to the world. My country – for too long on the sidelines – could no longer stand by.” President Biden should know that in Kashmir too more than 100,000 people are dead and ‘Genocide Watch’ has issued a Genocide Alert for Kashmir.
April 16, 2021 16:52 UTC
KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department issued new directives regarding the markets and trade centres for their timings and closure days on Friday. The directives issued by the Sindh home department impose new restrictions in a bid to curb the coronavirus which will be made effective till May 16. Under the new instructions, trade activities will be completely closed on Saturday and Sunday, whereas the timing of the markets and trade centres were also changed. Shrines, dargahs will be completely closed, whereas indoor and outdoor events will be completely banned. It may be noted that out of total 561 cases of Sindh, 278 (or almost 50 per cent) belong to Karachi.
April 16, 2021 16:41 UTC
President Dr Arif Alvi has approved appointments in Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI) with Dr Qibla Ayaz has been appointed as the chairman of the council. The appointment of new members was approved for 12 vacant seats in the council under Article 228 of the Constitution. Dr Umair Mahmood Siddiqui from Karachi University and Pir Abul Hassan Muhammad Shah of Bhairah Sharif have been appointed as members. Muhammad Hassan Haseebur Rehman and Maulana Hamidul Haq Haqqani of Darul Uloom Haqqania, Akora, Khattak, Allama Muhammad Hussain Akbar, Syed Ziaullah Shah Bukhari and Pirzada Junaid Amin have also been appointed as members. Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Mufti Muhammad Zubair, Syed Muhammad Habib Irfani, and Maulana Naseem Ali Shah have also been appointed as members of the CII.
April 16, 2021 16:41 UTC
According to the NCOC, 5,364 new infections were reported during the aforementioned period and the positivity rate stood at 8.31 percent. The health facilities across the country conducted 64,481 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 11,007,252 since the first case was reported. Amid a third wave of the pandemic, the country has reported 739,818 Covid-19 cases so far since the beginning of the pandemic last year. The NCOC on Friday allowed two more medical centres in the city to administer coronavirus vaccines to the masses. In Karachi, Ziauddin Hospital, the South City Hospital, OMI, Hashmanis Hospital, the Indus Hospital and the Tabba Heart Institute are providing the coronavirus vaccines to people.
April 16, 2021 15:45 UTC
On April 16, the former finance minister Hammad Azhar was assigned the Energy Ministry. In his place, Shaukat Tarin, a former finance minister under the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, has been appointed. This is now the fourth finance minister the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has appointed since 2018. In July 2009, he was elected as a senator from Sindh, and became the federal finance minister. Citing the problems associated with the case, Tarin asked for the case to be dismissed before he takes up the job of finance minister.
April 16, 2021 14:48 UTC
- Advertisement -Thus Prime Minister Imran Khan’s desire for electoral reforms may be described as delayed, but it is certainly not misplaced. Also, the ruling PTI made its mark in national politics by calling for electoral reforms, so it makes sense for electoral reforms to be brought back on the agenda. However, there is a problem with electoral reforms. If they get around to winning, taking power and getting in a position where they can carry out electoral reforms, then that will only happen because they mastered the bad old unreformed system. They also create additional credibility problems for the ECP, which will probably find that the EVMs would be made one of the grounds for the challenging of election results by the losers.
LAHORE: Shahzawar Bugti, the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, has been accused by a woman who claims to be his wife that Bugti has subjected her to domestic violence and torture, as well as alleging that he committed blasphemy. A woman named Wishah Abubakr released a video on a social networking site, Instagram, claiming that she has a two-year-old daughter and is the wife of Shahzawar Bugti. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justice for Wishah (@wishah.abubakr)“I am the wife of Shehzwar Bugti, the youngest grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti. “Later, after trying all the tricks, Bugti started pressuring Wishah to come back and when Wishah did not come, Bugti started leaking pictures and videos of her and spread them among all her relatives,” the lawyer explained. I have also been approached by some other girls regarding the black deeds of Shahzawar Bugti.
PML(N) President Mian Shahbaz Sharif has been granted bail after languishing in NAB custody followed by judicial custody for nearly half a year without any charge having been established against him. Mian Shahbaz however faces multiple challenges in days to come, the foremost being to keep the PML(N) one piece. The policy was endorsed by the PML(N)’s permanent Quaid Nawaz Sharif. Mian Shahbaz is unlikely to reverse the policy overnight as he has never defied his elder brother. A mixed policy of the sort could provide opportunity to both Shahbaz Sharif and Ms Maryam Nawaz to display their talents.
KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday launched a nationwide drive to verify the data of about 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees residing in the country, an official said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is assisting Pakistan’s Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees in the exercise, which is being undertaken after 10 years. “This facility is not for unregistered refugees,” he told Anadolu Agency, adding that the drive will continue for six months. He said a policy will soon be introduced to encourage unregistered refugees to register and benefit from the facility. There are nearly three million documented and undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan, making it the largest refugee population in the world after the Syrians in Turkey.
April 15, 2021 16:26 UTC
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) played a role in getting longtime rivals Pakistan and India to agree to a cease-fire amid tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir, the Emirati ambassador to Washington said. Kashmir has been divided but claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan since almost immediately after the two countries’ creation in 1947. In Pakistan, a security official told The Associated Press the UAE did play a role in brokering the cease-fire. The UAE also remains skeptical of the Iranian nuclear deal, something Biden hopes to reenter amid heightened regional tensions. Al-Otaiba acknowledged in his remarks that Pakistan and India “might not sort of become best friends,” but that such communication is important.
April 15, 2021 08:22 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has underlined the need for strengthening trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The prime minister made these remarks during a virtual summit with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Wednesday. The prime minister stressed for early finalisation of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and Transit Trade Agreement (TTA) between the two countries. He also underlined the importance of enhancing political and diplomatic linkages as well as security and defence cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The prime minister stated that once completed, the initiative would transform the geo-economic dynamics of the entire regime.
April 15, 2021 07:39 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) gifted 100 tonnes of dates to Pakistan, SPA reported. Pakistani Cabinet Division Director General Tahir Rashid thanked the kingdom for the annual gift, adding that it reflects the strong and deep-rooted relations between the two countries. He praised the pioneering role that Saudi Arabia plays at the Islamic, regional, and global levels. In Sudan, KSrelief has distributed 1,000 Ramadan food baskets to the neediest families in Red Sea state. The centre also launched a project in Amman, Jordan to distribute 16,550 Ramadan food baskets.
April 15, 2021 07:18 UTC
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday joyfully announced the increase in car sales this year as compared to last year, yet his brother, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Muhammad Zubair, took issue with his statement. Car sales up 31% vs last year, in first 9 months of this fiscal year. Widespread growth visible while running a current account surplus, which unlike past makes growth sustainable — Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 14, 2021As the federal minister spoke of the various increases in an isolated manner, his brother was quick to point out the shortcomings of these figures. All the numbers @Asad_Umar is mentioning somehow don’t add up to Pakistan GDP growth. Might be reflecting in Holland’s 😉 — Dr. Faheem Ahmad (@dr_faheemahmad) April 14, 2021interestingly: he is comparing it with his own last year — Atif Jamal (@atifmlt) April 14, 2021
April 14, 2021 17:48 UTC